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Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Employment
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors


1300 E GREEN STPASADENA, CA 91106 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

AbilityFirst provides programs and services to help children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities realize their full potential throughout their lives.


AbilityFirst is a nonprofit helping individuals with disabilities achieve their personal best throughout their lives! We do this with programs and services including after-school enrichment, community based programs, job training and coaching and a fully-accessible camp Camp Paivika, in the San Bernardino forest.

Established in 1926 as the Crippled Children's Society of Southern California, our mission is to look beyond disabilities, focusing on capabilities and expanding possibilities. In 2000, we adopted the name AbilityFirst to better reflect our mission, our vision, and our commitment to celebrating the unique abilities of every individual.

AbilityFirst stands for and alongside people with developmental disabilities and their families. We create a welcoming environment where everyone feels they belong are are valued! Our first consideration is always for the well-being of our participants, and - through the mutual trust that we share - each person is supported to achieve his or her personal best


Would you recommend AbilityFirst?
2 reviews Write a review
by Veronica D. (June 10, 2021)
Good organization, good people, worthwhile to support their fundraising efforts
by trista a. (September 14, 2015)
It seems like an easy and good way to help and get involved in the community.

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